Munnar literally means three rivers, it gained its name from the union of three rivers namely, Nallathani, Kundala and Mudhrapuzha. Referred as the Swiss of South India rests at an altitude of 5200feet above sea level. The place offers stunning vistas with the rolling hills of Tea plantations. It belongs to the Western Ghats mountain range. The valley offers picturesque hues of green and it turns blue when the whole valley is carpeted with Strobilanthes locally called ‘Neelakurinji’ flowers which blooms once in 12 years.
Places to see in Munnar/ Things to do in Munnar
If Munnar turns you green don’t worry you are not sick, you just got soaked in nature. A multitude of vistas is what sightseeing in Munnar is. However The Eravikulam National Park tops our list. It is the abode of endangered animals and plants. The flora and fauna of this sanctuary is endemic too. The highlight and the purpose of the park is the programme endowed to protect the beautiful ‘Nilgiri Tahr’, and endangered species of mountain goats. Early 20th century saw a decline in the number which came down to almost 100, due to deforestation and hunting. The sanctuary has resulted in the increase of the number to a bit more than 1500. It is one of the cleanest sanctuaries in India.
No private vehicles are permitted to the ride uphill, the off road drive offered by the park officials amidst tea plantations is the only option to watch these incredible friendly creatures. Please do not try to feed them or spit or litter the grasslands of the sanctuary.
Little did you wonder the task behind the making of your Tea bag which you just dipped in your hot cup. A visit to the TATA Tea Museum, will give you an insider’s knowledge about Tea from the budding process to packing.
If water is your energiser than greenery, you should be heading towards the Mattupetty Dam. Serene Waters of the dam is often disturbed by the gentle breeze from the Western Ghats. A boat ride across the dam may surprise you with wild elephant sightings on the banks. The nearby Indoswiss diary is worth a visit to see highbred Cattle.
Best time to visit Munnar
Winters from November to February is the best season to visit Munnar. However the domestic crowd travel to Munnar in the months of March, April and May.